The dead period is over, and with that, the LSU coaches scattered across the state to make their way to their key commits and targets before the first of three pivotal weekends.
The contact period began at 12:01 a.m. ET Thursday. It will last through Jan. 29, the final day of what will be the third round of official visitors.
In other words, it will be the LSU coaching staff’s final chance to make pitches before National Signing Day arrives on Feb. 1.
So, where in the world are LSU’s coaches?
Todd Harris, 4-star S
The 4-star Plaquemine (La.) safety is expecting Raymond to make an in-home stop with him before he officially visits this weekend. Harris is down to the Tigers and the Tide, with official visits to Alabama and TCU scheduled on the final two weekends of the month.
DeVonta Smith, 4-star WR
Tigers offensive coordinator Matt Canada will have a busy first week on the job. He has two visits scheduled, beginning with DeVonta Smith.
The 4-star Amite (La.) receiver will see Canada and wide receivers coach Dameyune Craig on Thursday before he officially visits LSU this weekend. Per a source, there are 21 coaches waiting to visit with Smith, who will head to Alabama on Jan. 20 and Miami (Fla.) on Jan. 27 before his National Signing Day announcement.
Myles Brennan, 4-star QB
We warned you that Canada was staying busy. LSU’s offensive coordinator will follow up a visit with the team’s top receiver target with a stop in Mississippi to see Myles Brennan.
Earlier this week, Lowell Narcisse enrolled in classes. That leaves Canada with the task to hold onto Brennan’s commitment.
Brennan is firm in his pledge to LSU. He’ll officially visit on Jan. 20, but is eager to get face time with his new quarterbacks coach.
Jacob Phillips, 4-star LB
Jacob Phillips sits squarely atop of LSU’s linebacker board, and that is the message that the coaching staff has imparted onto the 4-star linebacker since December.
LSU coach Ed Orgeron has made it a priority to nab Phillips, who is committed to Oklahoma. A source told SEC Country that LSU will send Orgeron, defensive coordinator Dave Aranda and GM/area recruiter Austin Thomas to Nashville to check in on Phillips.
Will a flip happen? It begins with this visit. He is scheduled to unofficially visit Baton Rouge with his family on Jan. 20, with this in-home stop and that follow-up visits looming large.
K’Lavon Chaisson, 4-star DE/OLB
LSU does not have a Texas area recruiter after the departure of Bradley Dale Peveto, but it sent outside linebackers coach Dennis Johnson to Houston to check in on priority edge-rusher target K’Lavon Chaisson.
Johnson swung by North Shore (Texas) High School early Thursday to speak with the Under Armour All-American before he makes an official visit to Baton Rouge this weekend.
LSU is courting Chaisson to succeed BUCK Arden Key, but it faces stiff competition from in-state favorite Texas. A source told SEC Country it is 60-40 between Texas and LSU, favoring the Longhorns. An official visit with the family will give LSU its best chance of garnering momentum with the priority target.
Neil Farrell, 3-star DL
Craig’s first stop of the day was to Mobile, Ala., his primary recruiting grounds to check in on defensive line commit Neil Farrell.
The stop comes just hours before Farrell heads to Southern Cal for his first of three official visits in January. Craig had a chance to put in a few good words before he returns to Louisiana for subsequent in-home visits and a busy weekend of officials, including wide receiver targets Smith and Racey McMath.
Farrell will make his way to Baton Rouge on Jan. 20 before making his final official to Florida State to close out the month.
Justin Harris, 3-star DL
Harris has yet to procure his offer from LSU, but he remains squarely on the Tigers’ radar.
LSU tight ends coach Steve Ensminger is making the visit to see the East Ascension (La.) standout, who being courted as a defensive end and tight end.
Harris is also receiving a visit from Texas A&M area recruiter Terry Joseph. Like LSU, Texas A&M is keeping tabs on the 3-star athlete.
Travis Etienne, 4-star RB
LSU is trying to pair Clyde Edwards-Helaire with a second tailback in its 2017 class. After coming up just short for Cam Akers, the Tigers quickly shifted their attention over to the state’s top-ranked back.
Etienne added his LSU offer on Dec. 27. Texas A&M holds a slight edge for the 4-star rusher, so running backs coach Jabbar Juluke will attempt to close the gap with an in-home visit on Thursday.
Etienne heads to Tennessee for the first time this weekend before making his way back to College Station, Texas on Jan. 20. Etienne admitted that there’s a chance he could commit then and there, but if he makes it to his official visit at LSU on the Jan. 27, it will bode well in the Tigers’ favor.
Tyler Taylor, 4-star LB
Aranda has quite the January to mull over, which begins with adding two or even three more linebackers to LSU’s class.
Tyler Taylor, the 4-star inside backer from Georgia, will officially visit LSU this weekend, but LSU’s defensive coordinator will spend time with him beforehand. Oklahoma and Auburn have jumped the forefront of his recruitment, but LSU is trying to stay in the loop.
From Thursday through Sunday, Taylor will hear a lot about his fit on the Tigers’ defense.
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